Department store chain the Elder-Beerman Stores Corp has reported sales of $31.8m for the five-week period ended February 3, 2001. Sales for the 14 week quarter were $228.6m and sales for the 53 week year were $656.2m. On a four week basis, January total department store sales increased 0.2 per cent compared to January 2000. Comparable store sales decreased 2.0 per cent compared to the same period last year.